Platform

Introduction:

My name is Zachary Typhair, and I’m your Green Party of Ontario candidate in Kingston and The Islands.

Why haven’t we achieved real climate action in Ontario? And why haven’t we achieved social and economic justice for all Ontarians?

We know what needs to be done, and we know that the vast majority of Ontarians support these changes, so why haven’t they happened yet? The answer is simple: big corporations and the wealthy have blocked the change that average Ontarians desperately need. 

We are facing a climate crisis and an affordability crisis. My campaign is dedicated to bringing real change and ensuring that all Ontarians make above the poverty line. We need our elected officials to stop representing big corporations and start representing the people. No one that works 30+ hours a week should have to choose between paying their bills or eating. 

The fundamental political challenge we face today is the challenge of overcoming powerful interests. We need a candidate who can rise to this challenge. I am not afraid to stand up against the 1%; I can no longer stand by and watch my fellow citizens be dehumanized so they can only work, sleep, eat and repeat because they can’t afford to do anything else. No company should make millions while their employees make under the poverty line. That’s not a job provided, that’s poverty exploitation and I’m ready to ensure all Ontarians make above the poverty line.

Together, you and I will help build Kingstonians up and build a better tomorrow. 

Ultimately, I believe that what unites us as Greens is that we refuse to compromise the interests of the oppressed or of future generations. We know that we need to defy the powerful for the sake of the many. If you agree with me, please support my campaign.

Affordability for All:

Canadian households had average net savings of $852 in 2018 according to new figures from Statistics Canada. It’s time to make Ontario more affordable, so everyone can make a living and still enjoy life. 

  1. Living Wage: No one should be paid below the poverty line. It’s time for all employees to make at least a living wage. COVID-19 showed us that minimum wage workers are the ones that ensure that we get gas, food, and other essential items. 
  2. Affordable Housing: We are facing a housing crisis. The Green Party has the best strategy to make housing more affordable.
  3. Basic Income Guaranteed: Replacing our social security will cut out complex and wasteful bureaucratic channels and empower people to make their own financial decisions. The best thing about GLI is that it would be cheaper than our current broken and unnecessary bureaucratic system.
  4. Universal Daycare: Numerous studies have shown that a lack of affordable and accessible child care is keeping women with young children out of the workforce. This puts them at an economic disadvantage throughout their lifetime, but it also has a major impact on Canada’s economy.

Education System:

Throughout the 2000’s, each Ontario government has made cuts to our education system. In 2022, we have to be bold and ready to make up for those cuts. We can not allow the education system to fail our students anymore. Students have suffered not being at school due to COVID-19 and we have to work extra hard to make up for that lost time in the classrooms. There is a big chance that I will be the only nominee\candidate that has been in high school and elementary school in this decade. I have witnessed firsthand what cuts have done to our education system, and if we don’t do something to fix our outdated system, it’s going to get even worse.

  1. Smaller class sizes: The maximum number of students in one class shouldn’t exceed 18. Smaller classes allow teachers to have more one-on-one time with struggling students so all students can succeed.
  2. No more EQAO testing: EQAO testing already tells teachers what they know and it costs taxpayers $30 million annually!
  3. Fund post-secondary education: I will not make the empty promises of making tuition 100% free in four years but we can make it more affordable for students.
  4. One School System: The UN Human Rights Committee has twice censored Ontario for discrimination in the province’s education system. It is not fair, equitable or responsible to fund one religious school board to the exclusion of all others.

Healthcare:

We need to tackle healthcare by using smart investments to improve our current system, making health promotion and early intervention a top priority, improving the care available to Ontario’s changing demographics and ensuring sufficient resources are allocated to mental health.

  1. Universal Dental Care and a Federally-Funded Pharmacare Program: Too many Ontarians have to choose between paying the bills or taking care of their dental hygiene and/or paying for medical prescriptions.
  2. Seniors Strategy: With an ageing population, Ontario wait times are only going to get worse if we don’t implement a seniors strategy.
  3. Declare The Opioid Crisis A State Of Emergency: To not only help funds flow faster, but also provide focused, coordinated government leadership to combat the crisis.
  4. Provide dedicated funding: for education and training for health professionals, including physicians and psychotherapists, to expand their scope of practice to include the identification, diagnosis and treatment of a wider variety of mental health and addiction issues.

Climate Change:

Climate change is one of the most important issues that we are facing today. Clean air, water and food are essential for life. We must protect our air, water and farmland for our needs and the needs of future generations.

Our plan will modernize Ontario’s energy system, supporting new technology and conservation on a massive scale. This system will be more resilient and flexible, provide additional economic opportunities to local communities, and be cheaper for residents, businesses and industries.

  1. Fund Municipal Transit Services: Provide permanent operational funding support for municipal transit services in order to make transit free, as well as funding for cycling and walking infrastructure. This will also include rural municipalities to explore the feasibility of licensed private local transit services in low-density communities where public transit service is not available. 
  2. Establish And Expand Safe Harbour Protections: to support and financially reward good stewards of our land. This would compensate farmers and residential landowners for the public good they provide in protecting endangered species and at-risk ecosystems on their property.
  3. Manage Water As A Public Trust In The Public Interest: Ensure public ownership and control of water in Ontario.
  4. Ban logging and other resource extraction in all provincial parks where ecological integrity is threatened: including Algonquin Park which remains open to logging in 65% of its area.

Honour Indigenous Rights:

We must recognize that in building this country and province, treaties were broken, land was taken, unceded, and Indigenous rights were violated.

We believe the time for meaningful action towards reconciliation is now. The government has a legal responsibility to consult with and has an obligation to work with Indigenous communities – with full partnership, participation, and respect – to make sure everyone in Ontario has access to high-quality health care, education, and economic opportunities. Our vision seeks to acknowledge the reality of Ontario’s Indigenous people, including understanding that centuries of broken promises from the province and Canada have made building trust in moving ahead difficult. I also acknowledge the great contributions that Indigenous communities have made and are making today in Ontario, including the wisdom of the importance of stewardship.

  1. Ensure Consultation And Empowerment: We need to have nation-to-nation relations to get reconciliation. For the government to do anything on Indigenous communities’ land, they need Indigenous permission.
  2. Improve and Support Delivery Of Services: Our elected representatives have a duty to ensure that the Indigenous communities have equal access to affordable services.
  3. Address Environmental Racism Against First Nations Communities: We need to ensure that all communities in Ontario get to live in an environment that everyone cares for.
  4. Assist With Building Infrastructure On Reserves: My campaign is about making all of Ontario more affordable, healthier and cleaner. The only way to do that is to ensure that reserves have the funding they need.

As a proud Green that believes that the Green Party of Ontario has the best platform to deal with Indigenous issues in Ontario, I 100% support everything on their platform to help Indigenous communities if I am elected to Queens Park.

Closing Statement

I’m sick of sitting on the sidelines and watching politicians not do enough for the people that elected them. 

For the last four years, I have watched the Ontario provincial government make cuts to education, healthcare, the environment, and the list goes on. I have seen my neighbours, friends, family and even myself struggling with Ford’s cuts, just like so many other Ontarians. I have always believed that if you want the change you have in mind, do it yourself or support someone else with the same values. 

For the last four years we have had inaction from a conservative majority government. Issues that Ontarians were told were going to get better have only gotten worse. Something has to change in 2022.

The only way we can win in Kingston and The Islands is if we have a candidate that can encourage people to go out and vote. The hard truth is that Greens do not stand a chance at winning if we don’t get non-voters and the youth to vote. Kingston Greens have elected amazing candidates over the years but have only gotten over 10% of the vote once. We have had the best candidates at the debates but this is a new era of politics where debates, a few events and photo ops will not win an election, especially when name recognition politicians are running. 

We need a candidate that can energize non-voters and youth to go out and vote, something I have lots of experience in. During the last provincial election, I got 18 signs up in my area despite it being labeled as a non-voter area. I’ve lived there for 8 years and we hardly ever got politicians in our area. So I decided to canvass my area and I was able to get them to vote Green and take a sign. It turns out, if you listen to their issues they’ll go out and vote. My motto is to treat everyone like they are the winning vote because they are. 

Non-voters and youth don’t vote because they don’t want to or don’t care. It’s because after years of being told that they are going to get affordable housing, paid a living wage, and affordable medical prescriptions, once the election is done nothing gets done. People don’t have trust in our government and politicians; that’s why the Green Party needs a candidate that isn’t just about photo ops, saying the best zingers in the debates, and doing literature drops. 

We need a candidate that will speak to voters and listen to their issues. The old way of canvassing will not get people motivated to vote. Showing up at people’s doors and saying who they should vote for will not get people to the polls. We have to build trust and respect with voters. Politicians try to never disagree with voters while keeping their own agenda. Sometimes they try to keep the conversation on one policy to persuade people to vote for them. However, it doesn’t work when people think politicians are lying to them. We need a candidate that will come to people’s doors and the first thing they ask is, what’s your number one issue, and talk to them about what they would do to fix it. You may be thinking, what if a voter has a completely different opinion on issues that they brought up, let’s say the pipeline. Of course, as a Green, I would naturally not support building a pipeline. Rather than trying to convince them why a pipeline is bad, I would simply reply with, I disagree with you but I respect your opinion and I’m in no position to change your mind on that but I hope you can respect that I’ve been honest with you and I understand you probably aren’t going to vote for me, but I’m glad to have your insight on this important issue.

Taking that approach does three things: One, it breaks down the political, voting-centred conversation into neighbour talking with another neighbour about an important issue. Secondly, it takes the conversation to a state of respect, instead of me telling the voter why I’m right. Finally, it gives insight into issues from another perspective. It seems elected politicians seem to forget that they represent everyone in their riding including those that voted against them.

If elected as Kingston and The Islands MPP, I will make these issues the pillars of my term. I also believe action speaks louder than words. That’s why, if I am elected as Kingston and The Islands’ next MPP, I will cut my MPP salary $116,550 with a $36,650 pay cut. When so many Ontarians are struggling to pay bills and their elected representative is collecting their paychecks without worry, there’s a problem.

When COVID-19 hit, and people were losing their jobs, struggling to pay their bills, all MPPs should have taken a pay cut so the government could invest that money to help people that needed it. We need our elected representatives to not be afraid to take a financial hit if it means helping Ontarians. There are 124 seats at Queen’s Park, which means 124 MPPs that make $116,550 or more. If each MPP took a $16,000 pay cut, it would be almost two million total. They could have taken a $16,000 pay cut and they would still make double the average Ontarian and had 2M more dollars to help people that needed help during COVID. That’s 2M that didn’t come from increasing anyone’s taxes but instead took $16,000 from one year’s salary for each MPP. 

Action speaks louder than words and I stand committed to taking a $36,650 pay cut if I am elected.

If you have any questions or want to get involved with the campaign contact me at…

Email: zachtyphair@gmail.com

Call: 613-876-8011